The Reading List: Week 3, 2018
The first instalment of our weekly rundown of the week's best books by black writers.
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New Year, New Books!

So many books are release every week and we do not want you to miss out on the gems. Every week, we will be collating the books that you need to add to your TBR list. These are must haves for all our readers. Enjoy!

Don’t Call Us Dead: Poems by Danez Smith (author)

Award-Winning poet, Danez Smith, brings to the forefront of American literature the realities that are too often faced by African Americans today. His collection of poems, Don’t Call Us Dead, recalls the treatment of blacks by police, the HIV epidemic, and the dangers associated with living black. This book gives voice to those who have been lost to senseless violence and horrific tragedy.

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When They Call You a Terrorist by Patrisee Khan-Cullors (author), and Asha Bandele (author)

From one of the co-founders of the Black Lives Matter Movement, Patrisee Khan-Cullors, a memoir. This book archives the protests and the events that helped to form perhaps one of black America’s most controversial movements since the organization of the Black Panthers. The books tells how Black Lives Matter protestors, supporters, and founders were dubbed “terrorists”, when all they wanted was to be heard. An all too familiar narrative for black America.

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Three-Fifths a Man: A Graphic History of the African American Experience by Sid Jacobson (author), and Ernie Colon (author)

Covering the time from the Middle Passage to Black Lives Matter, this book is a history of African Americans in America. It tells the African American experience, the contributions of African Americans, the injustices, and the triumphs. This book highlights history from an African American perspective and includes black people in the story of America.

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Facing the Rising Sun: African Americans, Japan, and the Rise of Afro-Asian Solidarity by Gerald Horne (author)

This book tells the little-known story of the African American/Asian solidarity, post and pre-World War II. This book reveals the African Americans who struggled for global leverage and allied forces with those of Asian descent. Facing the Rising Sun show the comradery of African Americans and Asians to eradicate white supremacy.

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So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (author)

The Editor at Large of The Establishment, Ijeoma Oluo writes her breakout book about race relations in America. This contemporary and fresh perspective addresses police brutality, Black Lives Matter, micro-aggressions, and the “n” word. This book gives life to the issues through humor and straight-forward truth.

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The Convert (Oberan Modern Plays) by Danai Gurira (author)

The convert is a play about the only black Roman Catholic Teacher in her region, who takes on a European name and culture. The story of a transition of culture and the fear associated with conversion and resistance.

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Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes (author)

This book is a classic in African American literature. Langston Hughes is one of America’s best-known authors and Not Without Laughter, his first work, is amongst one of his best literary pieces. This is a story about a young black man’s first awareness of the sad reality of blackness.

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Black No More by George S. Schuyler (author)

A work of fiction, Black No More is a story about a black man who visits a doctor who allows him to bleach his skin white. He essentially turns himself into a white man and lives life enjoying all of the things that he was denied as a black man. This classic novel brings to the surface the racial divide and white supremacy.

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Where the Line Bleeds by Jesmyn Ward (author)

The first of a trilogy about living in a small town in the south. Set in Bois Sauvage, a fictional city in Mississippi the story takes place over a summer. The two main characters, a set of twins who were raised by their grandmother are faced with a daunting dilemma, one that will change their lives forever.

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